00:16 My role is a forensic scientist,
00:19 analysing biological samples
00:22 for the presence of drugs, alcohols
00:24 in relation to a person’s behaviour
00:26 or a possible cause of death
00:28 and I also work in a drugs department
00:30 analysing evidence seized by the police
00:32 for the presence of controlled drugs.
00:37 I did a zoology degree,
00:39 and worked in marine turtle conservation
00:42 for a number of years.
00:44 It got to the point where
00:46 I had gone as far as I could
00:48 within it without drastically changing what the job involved,
00:52 and that caused a massive rethink.
00:54 Forensic scientist had been something I’d been interested in whilst in school
00:58 but at the time you had to do pure chemistry,
01:01 years in industry and then try and get in.
01:04 That has been shortened to a degree
01:06 so I looked up seeing what universities could offer,
01:09 found a forensic science degree in Nottingham Trent
01:12 and enrolled and joined
01:14 in the course of, I think, five months from making the decision.
01:18 Whilst there I did the degree
01:20 and also did a placement year where I was lucky enough to go to Poland.
01:25 Completed all that and was fortunate enough to join the company after graduation.
01:33 To be a reporting officer and that’s a forensic scientist who would go to court,
01:38 you do need to have at least
01:40 a bachelor’s science degree
01:42 in chemistry if it’s chemistry you want to specialise in.
01:45 If you want to be able to progress
01:47 now you have to have a bachelor of science at least,
01:50 and there are also many people with a masters or PhDs within a chemical field.
01:55 Overall, to get into forensics,
01:58 it would be ideal if you could get some science lab experience
02:03 whether that’s through a degree or taking a job
02:07 in a smaller company
02:09 just to get some analytical science experience
02:12 to then move over to forensics.
02:18 Ideal skills and qualities for someone doing this job
02:21 I think are, I think you have to be quite organised
02:25 because your day can change at a moment’s notice,
02:27 such as if there was a high-profile case.
02:29 You need to be on the ready to juggle all your case loads
02:33 I think you also have to be quite enthusiastic about what you do
02:37 because the work can be hard
02:40 and the work can be intense,
02:42 and unless you’re willing to get involved and get out there
02:46 then it would be a job that would drag you down a bit,
02:49 so I think you have to be very motivated.
02:55 I think the two things I like most about this job
02:57 would be one that,
02:59 it’s always different
03:02 and the second thing is probably just,
03:05 just how involved it is.
03:08 You know, it’s just really hands on as a job
03:10 but for every day you’re on a computer
03:12 the next two days you’re in the lab, actually hands-on
03:15 and I think that’s a really important part of any job.
03:18 Just to try and keep you grounded and to remember why you’re doing things
03:22 because the work we do has a purpose
03:25 and I’m not saying other labs don’t,
03:27 but these are people’s lives, people’s jobs, people’s families looking for an answer
03:32 and you can’t ever forget that
03:35 you’re here for a really important reason and the work you do counts.
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